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President Trump draws attention to driving while impaired

While most California residents understand the need for personal responsibility to avoid driving while impaired, not everyone shares the sentiments. In the United States, one person dies in an alcohol-related automobile accident approximately every 50 minutes. Each one of these accidents drastically changes the lives of the family members of the victims. Every time someone gets behind the wheel while impaired, he or she risks harming bystanders, passengers in his or her vehicle and other drivers.

Study shows rise in car crashes after launch of Pokémon Go

Many people still remember the reports of people injuring themselves and others while playing the smartphone-based game called Pokémon Go. While the game has lost many of its millions of players since its launch back in July 2016, the danger that the game poses, especially to drivers, is still great. Residents of California should know about a study that two Purdue University professors undertook to show how the game can contribute to the rise in traffic accidents.

Thanksgiving, a day of car wrecks and heart attacks

California residents know how hectic it can get around Thanksgiving. What many don't know is that Thanksgiving day gives rise to more crashes and coronary events than any other holiday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that in 2012, there were 764 fatal crashes on Thanksgiving, compared to 654 on Christmas in that year. In addition, there were over 50,000 non-fatal accidents.

Many slip and falls caused by poor surface resistance

CNA Financial Corporation has released a study on slip and fall accidents that may make business owners in California and across the nation think twice about the safety of their floors. Researchers studied the records of all the slip and fall liability claims that were filed against the company between January 2010 and December 2016, coming to several expected and unexpected conclusions.

We might not be so sure of distracted driving stats after all

We are reminded of the dangers of distracted driving almost every day. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 400,000 accidents were caused by distracted drivers in 2015. Those numbers continue to rise today, but are the statistics that accurate? According to new research, the impact of texting and driving could be worse than we thought.

AAA says infotainment systems have no place in cars

Residents of California who are shopping for a new car might be interested in new technology that can make cars safer and more convenient. Yet, some new car technology could actually be making driving more dangerous, according to a study conducted for the AAA. Infotainment systems that allow drivers to multitask while driving right from the dashboard are a distraction, AAA says, and that can increase the likelihood of car accidents.

The size of vehicles and their safety in crashes

California drivers should be aware that the size of their vehicles is an important factor in how safe the vehicle may be in an accident. Bigger vehicles are typically safer than smaller cars during a collision. This is especially the case if the collision is between a large vehicle and a small car.

Texting and driving survey shows awareness of its danger

Most drivers in California have seen others texting and driving. A survey sponsored by Progressive Insurance that polled about 1,000 people about smartphone use behind the wheel found that 62 percent of respondents felt concerned when they witnessed the behavior. Spotting someone texting in traffic irritated half of respondents.

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